Twenty-two law firms used rogue private investigators convicted of illegally obtaining information, MPs have claimed.
The Home Affairs Select Committee also identified 10 insurance companies, eight financial services firms and a few celebrities as clients of private investigators. These investigators are known to be experts in illegally obtaining private information from banks, utility companies and HMRC.
The committee,which is chaired by Labour MP Keith Vaz , has obtained a list of 102 names using private investigators by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).
The committee has not named companies but instead broken the list down by business sector, as Soca says its list of clients is confidential.
Vaz said: “The committee remains concerned that it holds a list that Soca has classified as secret, even though it is evidence given as part of our inquiry.”
However, he vowed to carry on the investigation. “This is an important step forward in establishing the facts,” Vaz said.
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